Ten Insect Dishes You Must Try

Spicy herb fried insect wings in food dish and blue fork.

Entomophagists are people who include bugs in their diet. While consuming insects is not for the faint of heart, there are some interesting recipes out there from various cultures which regularly incorporate bugs in their diet. Below is a list of ten unique insect dishes that you might want to try if you’re ever feeling adventurous or are simply looking for an additional source of protein.

1. BBQ Silkworm Chrysalises 

 

Fried silk worms

These hard shelled pupa are a byproduct of the silk industry and are canned or sold by street vendors throughout Asia. They can be enjoyed deep-fried or barbecued. This Asian delicacy can be eaten whole or you can just enjoy the yellow meat inside, which smells like raw meat and tastes like tofu.

2. Mosquito Eggs and Tortillas

 

Culex quinquefasciatus Ovipositing 

This Mexican delicacy involves drying and then roasting mosquito eggs prior to being served on a tortilla with a squeeze of lemon or lime. A small bottle of mosquito eggs is comparable to caviar at $50 a pop.

3. Katydid Texas & Thai Fusion 

 

notorious bug eating of asia

This dish combines Texas katydids with coconut oil, green onions, and Thai seasonings, with the concoction stuffed into mushroom caps to complete the exotic meal. Many people recommend removing the katydids’ legs, as they can be tough.

4. Cockroach Sushi 

 

Eggs, (cooked) bacon and hashbrown potatoes, s... 

Cockroaches can be clean and completely edible as long as they’re fed fruit and veggies before being toasted. These common household pests can be toasted, sautéed, or boiled, but must not be eaten raw. One dish you can incorporate cockroaches into is sushi – these critters go great with rice. It is said that large, hissing cockroaches taste like and have a similar texture to greasy chicken.

5. Centipede or Millipede on a Stick 

 

Centipedes on a stick

This snack is commonly sold by street vendors in China. While centipedes taste better, millipedes are more commonly used. Centipedes have to have their heads removed before cooking, since they use their pincers to bite, but the millipedes can be cooked with their heads intact. Millipedes on a stick are known to have a bland flavor, similar to a dry spaghetti noodle.

6. Waterbug Noodle Soup

 

Mang Da Na -- Giant Waterbugs
Mang Da Na — Giant Waterbugs (Photo credit: oschene) 

Waterbugs and udon noodle soup is a popular dish in Taiwan, taking precedence over the traditional chicken noodle soup we enjoy in the U.S. Apparently waterbugs taste like a mixture of clams and potatoes. Who knew?

7. Chocolate Cricket Chip Cookies

 

"Chocolate chirp cookies" with crickets
“Chocolate chirp cookies” with crickets (Photo credit: Mills Baker)

This unique spin on chocolate chip cookies adds in crickets for a nutty flavor and crunchy texture. Crickets are enjoyed by people all over the world, and are known to have a roasted nut flavor, which makes them the perfect addition to chocolate chip cookies.

8. Fried Hornworms

 

fried worms

Tomato and tobacco worms, also known as hornworms, have the distinct flavor of shrimp, crab, and green tomatoes when fried in oil. Although they must be put on a starvation diet for a few days prior to being eaten, since the plants they live off of are toxic for people to eat.

9. Tofu Grasshopper

 

Grasshopper special

Grasshoppers are a delicacy popular in Japan, Uganda, and Mexico, and are especially tasty when paired with tofu. Not all grasshoppers are edible, however – only solid colored ones can be eaten.

10. Chocolate Covered Scorpions

 

Chocolate-covered Scorpion 

It’s hard to resist any treat that’s been dipped in chocolate – even scorpions. The toxins from these pests are rendered harmless once the creatures have been stir-fried or just plain fried in hot oil. It is said that scorpions taste like shrimp, and are extra tasty when dipped in chocolate.

It takes someone with a lot of courage to try these dishes, but if you have an adventurous spirit you may just discover that you love them!

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a el paso pest control company. He hasn’t tried eating insects yet, other than the occasional fly from a too-wide yawn, but he’d really like to try. Especially chocolate covered ones.

Published by Thomas Ballantyne

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Description: This image shows a Carpenter ant ...

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Carpenter ants have black bodies, with a dark red thorax. Their abdomen is covered with a fine hair that forms a ring around the ant. They measure in length somewhere between ¼ of an inch to ½ of an inch. Note, Carpenter ants do not eat wood. They do eat food debris, like crumbs and sweets. It’s this food that foraging ants are looking for when they enter your home.

If you see sawdust piles around your home or property, you may have Carpenter ants. If this is the case, seek the services of a licensed ant control professional.

 

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Pest Of The Week: Argentine Ant

 

Linepithema humilis, Argentine ant
Linepithema humilis, Argentine ant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Routinely found underneath the moist areas of your property, Argentine ants build their nests under rocks and other debris. They can also build nests inside your home, as they enter looking for their favorite sweets. Argentine ants are located in the Southeast U.S., Washington, Oregon, and California.

Argentine ants are a grayish-brown in color, and are approximately 1/8 inch long. Colonies can have multiple queens, and tens of thousands of worker ants, as different colonies join forces. These ants are notorious for driving out other ant species.

Argentine ants love anything sugary and sweet. These ant pests will commonly eat the nectar that plant aphids provide for them In exchange; Argentine ants will protect the aphids from other predators.

One of the most effective pest control approaches to exterminating the Argentine worker ants and queens is to actively bait this pest with poison; concealed in sugar. Once the Argentine ants have returned the bait to the nest, the remaining colony will soon die off.

 

You Have To See This World Record Millipede

World Record Millipede

 

The leggiest creature in the World can be found in California, but it’s not a runway model or a movie starlet.

The world’s leggiest creature happens to be a millipede, which sets a world record with its 750 legs.

 

Photograph by Paul Marek

The Elusive White Millipede (lllacme plenipes)

The word millipede literally translates to 1000 feet, but no millipede really has 1000 feet. The closest to reach the 1000 foot mark happens to be the lllacme plenipes millipede; which sets a world record with its 750 limbs. Most other species of millipede have between 80 and 100 legs. It’s name, lllacme plenipes, means “the acme of plentiful legs”

The lllacme plenipes millipede was first discovered in 1928 by scientists. It was thought to be extinct for much of the last century until Paul Marek, a University of Arizona entomologist, recently caught one in Silicon Valley, CA that happened to be a world record.

The elusive millipedes have only ever been found in a patch of grassy oak woodlands spanning about 1.7 square miles near Oakland and Berkeley, California. They measure a mere 3 centimeters in length, and look like a white piece of thread.

 

Photograph by Paul Marek

More Than Just a Great Set of Legs

The female lllacme plenipes millipedes have up to 750 legs, and males have more than 550. Besides it’s many legs, there are several other things that make this millipede unique. They include:

  • Very rare- Only 17 ever caught
  • A fused mouth has no known function
  • Hairs on it’s back produce silk
  • Sexually dimorphic
  • Legs have claws for burrowing deep underground
  • Needs moist fog to survive in the wild
  • Cannot be cultured laboratories, needing an unknown food source not avaliable in labs

Threatened Insect

The lllacme plenipes millipede is one of the many threatened insects in the world. Scientists say the millipede’s existence is being threatened as human development infringes on the small region in Northern California where the millipede is found. Climate change is also playing a large factor in the extinction of the millipede, vaporizing the fog that keeps it’s habitat moist.

It would be a shame for this rare and peculiar species to disappear completely before we can learn more about it.

 

Photograph by Paul Marek